Coconut Chess Pie

If you’re as addicted to coconut as I am, this Coconut Chess Pie is for you.

It’s like eating a macaroon with a pudding base and a pie crust chaser. *swoon*

Coconut Chess Pie - coconut in every bite!

Last weekend I texted Mel the funniest picture ever. I wanted to instagram it, but it was just too embarrassing.

So I figured I’d post it here:


That’s duck tape, holding up the back passenger window of my Highlander. The mechanism finally gave way halfway to San Francisco and it was either that or drive another hour and a half pretending we were driving in a convertible. #thankgoodnessforducktape #itcouldsavetheworldifweletit

Mel texted back saying “I found you a new car. Go test drive it tomorrow.”

(The Highlander is 9 years old and very well loved. A new car has been on the horizon for awhile, we just hadn’t pulled the trigger.)

I went for a test drive. Side note: does anyone actually JUST go for a test drive and not drive away with a new car?

9 years ago I had to give up my dream car (a Jetta) for my mom car. Last Sunday I got my mojo back, with a little mom thrown in. It’s a Jetta Sportwagon. Me in the front, mom in the back, with a perfect place for Ginger to sit.

And I’m kind of proud of myself: my blog, this little business of mine, is what made it possible. Without all of your support, I’d still be driving around with duck tape holding my window up.

As my way of thanking you, I’m giving you pie. Coconut pie. Coconut Chess Pie.

This pie is like a macaroon on crack, seriously. It’s got a smooth pudding like custard layer, made with eggs and buttermilk and coconut flavor. It’s topped with 2 full cups of coconut.

This pie is coconut to the extreme, and it’s perfect for any occasion. Like Easter. Or a random Thursday.

Or a new car celebration.

Coconut Chess Pie - coconut in every bite!

This pie comes together super easy. You can use a store-bought crust (I love Pillsbury) or make one from scratch. The rest of the ingredients come together with a whisk in one bowl. Simply stir and pour, then bake. Top with whipped cream or ice cream and then attack it with a fork. I won’t tell if you don’t even get a plate.

Just as long as you don’t eat it in my new car. #nofoodallowed

Did you make this recipe?

Coconut Chess Pie


  • 1 refrigerated pie shell, or from scratch

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 teaspoon imitation coconut extract, optional

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place pie crust in a 9” pie plate and crimp edges as desired. Chill until ready to fill.

  2. Whisk the eggs, then whisk in the flour and sugar until smooth. Whisk in the melted butter, both extracts, and the buttermilk. Stir in 2 cups of the coconut.

  3. Place prepared pie shell on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour filling into pie and then carefully place in oven. Cover the edges of the pie crust with strips of aluminum foil.

  4. Bake pie for 40-45 minutes. After 25 minutes, remove the foil from the outside of the crust so the edges will brown. Cool completely before serving.

  5. Optional for serving: place remaining 1/2 cup of coconut on a baking sheet at bake at 350°F for just a few minutes, stirring often, until it starts to turn brown.

  6. This can also be done in a skillet over medium-low heat. Let cool.

  7. Serve pie with whipped cream or Cool Whip and toasted coconut.

All images and text ©. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe.

Recipe adapted from

Coconut Cream Truffles

Coconut Cream Truffles (5 of 7)w

Triple Coconut Cupcakes

triple-coconut-cupcakes (6 of 6)

Coconut Cream Pies in Jars


Sweets from friends:
Samoas Chess Pie by Something Swanky
Lemon Chess Pie by Kristin’s kNook
Orange Nutella Chess Pie by Wine & Glue

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Congrats on the new car! New anything is always fun… especially when it involves removing duct tape from your life. Love the pie too.. Still have to try a chess pie in the near future 🙂

  2. I’ve never had a chess pie or a coconut pie, but this pie looks amazing!

  3. There is nothing like a new car! Yours sounds like the perfect mix of fun and parent. Win! Also, I’ve been considering making a coconut creme pie for Easter but I think this one will be way better! It looks heavenly.

  4. Yay for new cars! Congrats! I’ve never had chess pie…but I love pie (who doesn’t?) and I adore coconut. My face needs to plant into this. Pinned

  5. Haha, since the blog is less public that Instagram! I’m so glad you got a new car – definitely chess pie worthy! But then again, I’m going to call any occassion chess pie worthy … The coconut puts this one over the edge! (but my heart still belongs to your PB version 😉

  6. I am so in love with this!!!! I already love chess pie so the coconut really takes it up a notch!

  7. Hahahah, now I will only think of mullets when I see a Jetta. Dorothy in the front, mom in the back. And mullets.
    Chess pie still confuses me because I’m still unsure of what the “chess” means, but in any case, it looks good =)

  8. I’m on vacation now but before I left, I was *this close* to making…a coconut chess pie. I was going to make a chess pie and then said how can I make it different, oh use coconut. But I ran out of time. So glad I did 🙂 Because your pie is gorgeous and now I can just make yours 🙂

  9. Yes I am in fact obsessed with coconut and have been my whole life. Need this in my life!

  10. Yay for a new car! This pie looks like the perfect way to celebrate! I definitely need to make one so I can celebrate with you!

  11. Lovely! I love pie and coconut too! I just posted a recipe with your chocolate chip cookies. Love ’em! Your blog is the best!
    ~Kloe ♥

  12. I’ve been meaning to make chess pie for YEARS! Thanks for the reminder–plus, I can never get enough coconut in my life! I have to literally force myself not to add it to all baked goods.

  13. I’m so happy about your new car-it sounds awesome!!! I’m in the process of looking to buy myself a car…but the ones I’m looking at all have like over 200,000 miles on them….ugh #brokegirlproblems

    anywayyyyy I am completely obsessed with chess pie and I LOVE this coconut version you’ve dreamed up!!! incredible!

  14. Now here you go again, posting a fabulous idea for an Easter dessert! I had already decided on your lemon cake roll, but this seems perfect, too! Maybe I’ll just have to go nuts and have two desserts that day, and share with the neighbors. Thanks for another inspired recipe!

  15. This pie looks luscious, Dorothy! I love coconut, especially chewy, gooey, sweet, creamy coconut! This is coconut baking season for Easter and for Passover. 🙂

  16. Congrats on the new car…can’t wait to see it!

  17. This looks so good! I love your description of this! Congratulations on your new car! I got rid of my Accord and swapped it for an Odyssey…never thought I’d ever drive a mini-van, but I seriously LOVE it!

  18. Coconut!?!? Yes!! Loving this chess pie and it is a must make for me. Maybe Easter dessert!

    Congrats on the new car!

  19. Can everything I eat from here on out include a pie crust chaser? YUM.

    Also: yay for new cars! I’m so excited for you!

  20. Pingback: Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors » Blog Archive » Friday Links: Weekend Round-Up

  21. I am loving all the coconut! It’s so pretty on top of the pie and looks relish! Congrats on the new car 🙂

  22. LOVE VW’s! I bought my first one a couple years ago – a 4 door GTI. I love it! Congrats to you for getting a new car. Those sport wagons are ROOMY!

    Now on to the pie. This pie, wowza! It looks amazing, Dorothy. I think I’m in love. 🙂

  23. YAY!! That’s awesome about your new car! When I saw your picture on Instagram, I wondered if there was a story behind it… This one definitely had me laughing! My grandpa always said that silicon rubber fixed anything, but I think duct tape was his second choice. And any new car definitely deserves a sweet dessert to celebrate!

  24. Yay, that’s fantastic – I’m so happy about your new car Dorothy – so well deserved 🙂 This pie looks like the perfect way to celebrate – I am obsessed with coconut and if it’s like macaroon on crack like you said then I totally want to get hooked on this – pinned 🙂

  25. LOVE your site, Dorothy! I just have a couple questions regarding this recipe. First off, do I bake the pie crust on the baking sheet IN the pie dish, or on its on? And also, where exactly am I placing the foil…all along the outer parts of the pie, or just the top, decorative area? Thanks so much!

    • Place the pie dish on the baking sheet and the crust inside the pie dish (like a normal pie). The cookie sheet is just in case something spills. (I always spill!) I cover the edges of the crust (the outer edges) with strips of foil so it doesn’t get too brown. The pie crust linked to in the post (my all butter pie crust recipe) shows an example of this!

      • Thanks for the swift response! I am making this (along with your Triple Dark Chocolate Pudding Cookies & Carrot Cake Blondies) for my best friend’s graduation next weekend–I’ll be sure to report back! 😀

  26. My husband LOVES this pie !But, I have made it twice now in two different ovens and both times it was not done after 45 mins. I have had to bake it as much as 30 mins longer. Is 350* for 40-45 minutes correct? Has anyone else had this problem? Got any other suggestions?

    • That’s strange Kathy. I know mine was under an hour. I can see it taking up to 50/55 depending on ovens. What kind of pie plate are you using? Is it a 9″ traditional? Or is it a deep dish? Mine was slightly jiggly when I removed it, if I remember correctly. It firms up as it sets and cools. Maybe I’ll have to make it again… 🙂

      • Trying for a 3rd time. I increased the temp to see if that would help but it hasn’t helped. I have baked it in a traditional ceramic 9″ pie plate. Is yours glass??

      • Mine is glass, yes. That is so strange! How long are you waiting to cut it? I chilled mine overnight since I like to photograph late morning. It was still a semi-loose pudding on the bottom, as you can sort of see from the photos. Maybe it needs to be refrigerated for a few hours before slicing?

  27. Pingback: Perfect Whipped Cream {5 ways} - Crazy for Crust

  28. Pingback: Monthly Favorites, 1 | Teen's Tasty Eats

  29. Pingback: Coconut Chess Pie is easy to make and its the perfect pie for Thanksgiving! - Zuzi Cooks

  30. Kathy, I had the same issue.  I cooked in a deep dish premise pie crust as it made too much filling for a regular pie.   I cooled about 3 to 4 hours, but when I cut it, it was very soupy.  I just put it back in the oven in the hopes it will cook firm, but I have my doubts.

Leave a Comment »